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Physics challenge

What mass of water falls on Devon in 24 hours of solid rain? If you live there, you’ll know the answer is quite a lot! This is just one of the questions in the Exeter & East Devon Partnership’s KS4 physics challenge hosted by Exeter Maths School.

Sixty-four pupils from 13 schools competed in the challenge working in teams of four. Throughout the afternoon there was a great air of engagement and team work as the pupils worked hard to solve the problems and questions.

The physics challenge consisted of three rounds: the first an estimation round in which pupils had to use their scientific knowledge to come up with quantities to answer some interesting questions, the second was a practical round where the pupils were set tasks such as weighing a cell (using very minimal equipment) and the third a set of ‘really difficult’ questions.

After the challenges were completed and the scores counted, the Year 10 girls’ team from St Peter’s School, Exeter were victorious! Maynard School and Ivybridge Community College came in second and third.

Malcolm Simpson of Exeter Maths School agreed that the event had been a great success and he is already planning next year’s event on a bigger scale to allow more pupils to participate.